Hey there my friends

Nov 15th – half a month gone already. My friend Joanne, who used to blog at Seasonal Hearth (I miss your blog Joanne!), made a comment about finding things to be thankful for in November, even though it’s a dreary month. And one of her facebook friends wrote: “It only has 30 days”. I laughed out loud. And concurred!

Maybe this is why our American friends put Thanksgiving in November? It’s needed! 🙂

I don’t really have any trouble finding things to be thankful for in November, but with its grey, dull days, my photography really suffers. And most of my blog material is based around my pictures.

It’s really quite a drop from glorious October to drab November. I don’t realize how much I am inspired by sunlight. When I take pictures, I focus on the light – sunrises, the play of light and shadows, shafts of light, golden afternoon light and sunsets. I’ve heard it said that cloudy days are also good for pictures – as long as you don’t include the sky – but I’m not photographically (is this even a word? )inspired on cloudy days.

Sigh . . .  Friday favourite friends – help me!!


1. I was in town this week, camera in tow (as always) and the sun broke through the clouds. Talk about one excited blogger!

steeple_lightI captured the sunrays through the steeples of St Dunstan’s Basilica. I often park near this church since it’s right behind the library. But I don’t think I’ve ever taken pictures of it. It’s a beautiful building – the only cathedral on PEI, situated on Great George Street near the Confederation Buildings.

BasilicaI love the graceful stone arches and the artistic designs on the windows and doors. You rarely see such intricate work in modern buildings.

Basilica_doors2. And in those same brief sunlit moments, I also captured some shots of the other side of the street.

Great George StGreat George Street is in the heart of the historic centre of Charlottetown.

Great George St_lampIf you come here in the summer, you’re likely to see my daughter Sarah, and her Confederation player friends, strolling down this sidewalk or playing croquet at the top of the street on the lawns of Province house.


3. Just looking at that picture reminds me – if you’re ever thinking of a trip to PEI, 2014 just might be the year to make it happen. The Island is known as the birthplace of Confederation. In 1864, the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec met here, in Charlottetown, to discuss the formation of a new nation, Canada. In 2014, we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary.

And let me tell you . . .  PEI knows how to celebrate! It’s going to be a fun year.

4. Speaking of fun . . . it’s not the best of pictures because you’re not allowed to take cameras into the Cari Centre swimming pool in Charlottetown. But, I had my phone and managed to capture a little shot of Josie in the toddler pool. I hope swimming time becomes a new Nannie/Josie tradition! She’s not smiling in this shot, but there were plenty of smiles and giggles during our time together.


5. Look what I spied this week on my Christmas Cactus plant!

Christmas_cactusIt makes me so happy to see those little buds. I can’t recall if I ever told the story of this plant before. My mom always had a Christmas cactus plant in our dining room window. It was a huge plant and faithfully bloomed every Christmas and Easter. I really don’t know what happened to that plant. But, fast forward many years after my mom died and our family home was sold. I was a teacher at Belfast Consolidated, and one of my colleagues, a old family friend, came into the library with a little flowering cactus plant. It was beautiful! But it was the story she told me that really made my eyes fill up. Many years before, when she was moving into her first apartment, my mom had given her a slip from our cactus plant. Her cactus had thrived all those years and she had cut a slip for me. Honestly, it was one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever received. Every time it blooms, I think of my mom and her joy in those gorgeous blossoms.

Christmas cactusThere! Finished the 5 and actually have a few other ideas percolating. Maybe I’ll even get a few other posts published this week. Here’s hoping! 🙂 Friday’s Fave 5 is such good blog discipline for me. Despite my sluggish start, I really had no trouble to list these. Thanks for the inspiration Susanne!

And thanks to you  for dropping in! I’ll be around to visit your blogs – and perhaps steal borrow an inspiring idea or two as well. 🙂

Happy weekend!

with love,

PPS – hot off the press – my boys on Q last week!  Hear the woohooing from the audience?? Yes – it’s me – their mom 🙂 What a great show!

PS – for wonderful inspiration, visit Susanne and the Fivers at Living to Tell The Story.

FFF delicate leaves

17 thoughts on “fff November 15th

  1. Susanne says:

    I am soooo behind in commenting but boy am I glad I dropped by. That is a beautiful cathedral and what a lovely looking town. Okay I am so wanting to come to PEI next year! What a sweet story and sweet thing for your family friend to do for you with the Christmas catcus!


  2. Love your cactus story, Kathie. I am learning in my mother’s dementia years, the value of old friends, as two of her lifetime friends are yet an encouragement to me. God is gracious in planning such things for us, is He not? Your photos are always lovely. Thank you for sharing, Joyce


  3. willowknits says:

    That cathedral! Another reason for me to want to visit PEI. I loved the story of the Christmas cactus! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift that was. Once, I had a Christmas cactus. It never bloomed in the ‘right’ month. And then we moved too many times. Poor thing…


  4. Hazel Mae says:

    A church with sun light through its steeples and behind a library no less – how glorious! Croquet; reminds me of Alice in Wonderland when the queen hollered, “do you play croquet?!” 🙂



  5. Rosella says:

    Thanks for sharing some sunshine today!!! We might have to consider a trip to PEI this summer! Sounds like a fun time. Love those Paper Lions…..they sound amazing!


  6. Joanne says:

    Gorgeous photos! I knew you could find beauty, even in November! I love the first photo with the sun streaming through the church steeple. That is such a beauty! I am so glad to know that next year is a special year as we are planning a trip out East! Love the tourism video and also the video of your famous son and his band…that is so cool!
    Thanks for sharing and for your introduction….glad you enjoyed those comments 🙂
    And yes, the cactus story was a joy to read!
    Happy Weekend!


  7. Jill says:

    Lots to comment about!
    Water baby…coming right up! She is adorable! Something pretty special about swimming with a baby, so fun.
    Bernie inherited his mother’s Thanksgiving cactus last year; she died just days after our Thanksgiving and he is thrilled that it is blooming away. It will always be a comfort to him with each Thanksgiving passing by.
    Having a Cathedral (Basilica) near by is so cool. I love ours. Ours has wonderful music presented outside of worship times as it has a choir school on the grounds. Sometimes hearing music in a cathedral is very soul soothing. I go to the school’s Christmas presentation every year. So beautiful.
    Did you know the number of spikes coming out of the sun is related to how many blades are in your camera lens opening? I just learned that…
    I’d sure like to come up in 2014! I thought Canada was Canada longer than that though. What was it called before?
    Since you are “eh” on brown dull November, may I suggest more cat photography? Never can have too many macros of Mila!


  8. Kathie, I especially loved the pictures of the cathedral; the sunlight behind it was glorious!

    Blessings ~ Wendy


  9. Barbara H. says:

    Love that first photo with the sun peaking through the spires! Lovely! And what a lovely cathedral. But I really love those pastel little houses. How fun it would be to see people playing croquet on the lawn in costume.

    What a wonderful story of that Christmas cactus!


  10. Faith says:

    Well those are not drab photos!!! They are gorgeous!! I wanted to clarify something for you. The Kirby vacuum was my heavy one which is now in the basement. My new lightweight one is only 8 lbs and is called theShark Rocket ultralight or something like that. I put a link to it in the post.


  11. Melissa R says:

    What a beautiful cathedral! I’m so glad you had a good time with Josie at the pool, and I love the story about the Christmas cactus.


  12. Hi Kathie, I’m basking in the warm sunshine here today as it’s about 11 C. I love this weather in November don’t you? I took a similar photo of Great George Street when we were in Charlottetown 5 years ago. I love those row houses. The story of your mother’s Christmas cactus is so heartwarming. What a blessing to have your plant from a slip off of hers. I would love to get to the island this coming summer. Have a great weekend.


  13. ellen b says:

    Oh that was a sweet gift. Notice I’m starting from the end of your post and working up…
    What a cute little one in that cool pool seat. I hope she loves the water as much as you do.
    November can be so dreary, I’m glad you found some sunshine and that beautiful church to share. You are really tempting me with “come to PEI in 2014”


  14. Dianna says:

    Kathie, thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today. It was great “meeting” you and so I hopped right on over here to enjoy the beauty of your photographic skills! I agree…I like sun for taking pictures…much preferred over the grey.
    I was so blessed by your sharing the story about your Christmas cactus! Just this week, I also found buds on both mine. The large one was a gift from my husband a few years ago. I finally read up about how to get it to bloom at the appropriate time, followed through with it this year and it worked! I have a small one that was a slip off of one that belonged to my mother-in-law. She passed away a few years ago and each time it blooms (which it has already done and I don’t see any new buds just yet) it makes me smile. So I know how a wee bit about how you feel when you see the one that is a slip from your mother’s begin developing buds!


  15. Gattina says:

    Very beautiful pictures ! I am like you I never go out without my camera and I am also angry when it rains and I want to take a picture ! Paparazzi pictures are my specialty, my camera is so small and looks like a phone, lol !


  16. Kim says:

    Aw, that is a beautiful story–and what a friend to give you that gift!
    Great pics, as always. And I must say I never knew you were such a rebel (ahem, at the pool!).


  17. Oh, Kathie, I LOVE the story of the Christmas cactus plant, restored to you unexpectedly! I have buttercups from my grandmother’s farm in our yard, and spirea from my father in law, and they are treasures.


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